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makeste ([personal profile] makeste) wrote2011-10-07 11:16 pm

ITP: The first act of every good heist film.



351 opens with a cover page of the Arcofriends and their animal mascots all sorted by color for our convenience! For all those people out there who haven't been paying attention. Admittedly, I still mix up Luce and Aria to this day so I'm one to talk ha ha ha, ANYWAY. Reborn's GIANT HEAD greets us on the following page where he wakes up to find every other person in the house just WATCHING HIM SLEEP. OKAY. Apparently they were worried about him; Tsuna's worry quickly turns to dismay when Reborn makes this face. To be fair, dismay is the probably the mildest reaction someone could have to that face.

Displaying a keen sense of self-preservation, Tsuna guns it out of there, leaving Reborn to turn the conversation to Iemitsu, somehow, which gives Amano a decent if somewhat abrupt segue into the following scene. Lal and Iemitsu chat about how busy Iemitsu is (though he sure doesn't seem busy to me, just lounging around in his expensive chair sneezing and daydreaming about Nana), when Oregano (long time no see!) and Basil show up and are all like A CLIENT HAS ARRIVED!! but I don't know why they couldn't just come right out and say that it's Colonnello! Because it totally is Colonnello, who has come to CEDEF bearing a MYSTERY REQUEST. HMMM.

Meanwhile, Mammon visits her boss to spy on him changing his clothes and ask him for a mystery favor as well! Not only that, but Verde is hitting up Mukuro with mystery propositions as welll. Clearly some serious shenanigans are going down. Cut to Enma walking around looking for kittens to feed (ADORABLE), only to stumble across a pair of seriously obese cats purring contentedly while Skull of all people appears and tries to play this off like Enma now owes him some kind of eternal debt. Lastly we cut to Fon who is just standing around pondering out loud who to ask to be his own representative. Which, assuming everyone else out there is thinking along the same lines as me (and judging from the comments in the 350 post, I'm definitely not alone o/), is pretty obvious.*

On his way back home from school Tsuna wanders smack dab into the middle of a group of hoodlums! CLEARLY THIS CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING: MAFIA ANTICS ARE AFOOT. Sure enough, out pops Dino (and Romario too) with his winningest pretty boy smile and a Reborn riding on his shoulder. Reborn then finally lays his request on his two pupils, and guess what it is! If you said "FIGHT" then congratulations, you are fully cognizant of the fact that you are currently reading a shounen manga. |D


  • If the Sky Arcos don't get babyfied like the rest of them, why is there a babyfied Sky Arco on this cover page? And it's not the first time, either.
  • I said "every other person in the house" but that's not quite true; Lambo at least clearly did not give a shit. XD
  • Bianchi doesn't react so differently from her brother when the object of her adoration is in distress.
  • For the record, I'm 100% behind Tsuna's split-second decision to run out of the room screaming, and had Reborn smiled that smile in my direction, I would have been out of there even faster than he was.
  • Iemitsu has "at least five dozen assassins out there wanting to kill [him]." This is KHR, so I can't tell if this is actually hyperbole or not. Somehow I get the feeling that it isn't...
  • This is like the first time I've ever seen Basil and he wasn't making a :O face!
  • The translation of "Kora!" as "Dammit!" just cracks me up every time. It's like he's Jack Bauer.
  • How does Xanxus already know what Mammon is about to ask him? Can this guy read minds or something? I have been seriously underestimating Xanxus. o_o
  • Enma feeding stray cats in his spare time is seriously precious and the world is not good enough for someone so pure and adorable oh my goodness.
  • I also like how it seems to be virtually impossible for him to have a conversation with someone and not reference Tsuna in some way, shape, or fashion at some point.
  • And regardless of how scary the other Arcos' groups may be, it's pretty clear that Reborn's got this in the bag. Really, the other guys might as well save us some time and just throw in the towel now. Except not because the idea of a free-for-all between basically all of the fighting characters ever introduced in the manga has me practically salivating. SO FORGET I SAID ANYTHING.

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 07:07 am (UTC)(link)
Well, after the Ring arc and "Choice", I wouldn't be so sure Reborn's team is going to win. It's not like the good guys have never lost a competition before. And plot-wise, it sounds a little soon to introduce adult!Reborn and drop his baby self for good.

Unless, of course, the man with the silver mask never meant to turn anyone back from the start and is planning something more sinister. >)

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, I don't think Reborn is actually going to win win. If he does win I'm 99% (hell, let's make it an even 100%, there's really no doubt in my mind) that he's going to offer the prize to Uni because come on. "Sorry about that, I know you kind of had your heart set on not having your young life cut tragically short due to the curse and all, but I was really looking forward to turning back into my badass adult self, so... them's the breaks." He doesn't even seem to mind being a baby all that much, so it's the gentlemanly thing to do, really.

And of course as you noted, there is always the possibility that Checkers can't be trusted, which would not really come as a shock. XD

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 08:21 am (UTC)(link)
You know, first I thought about Kawahira too but then remembered something. Or rather someone.


And now I kinda want a Kawahira/Longchamp team.

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah yes, poor neglected Longchamp. But he's more of a lover, not a fighter. XD

[identity profile] 2011-10-09 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, he himself may not be.
But I'm pretty sure Pantera at least is.
It'd be quite interesting to see them fight, really.

And he appeared for a whole volume, there's no way he's not going to re-appear at some point, it'd be the perfect moment!

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:10 am (UTC)(link)
I'm really hoping it's Kawahira *o* I miss him so much

And, for some odd reason, I keep wanting Colonello to win. And then I keep imagining that since he and Lal share the curse, both of them will turn back and so they will have a happy life together :D *was too overpowered by Lal's blush when Colonello appeared*

Enma is pure gold and it's so funny that Skull is actually using such a stupid thing to ask him. (ALSO ENMA'S EXPRESSION WHEN HE SAID "An Arcobaleno?" WAS SO CUTE ♥__♥)

Also, Enma fighting with Tsuna ;_; Can they not just fight together as good husband and wives -_-

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
If it's not him I am just going to be baffled because seriously. WASTE OF A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY. Not only that, it's the only option that really even makes sense... I mean, who else is there?

As much as I love Lal and Colonnello, though, it's gotta be Uni in the end. I don't know if she'll actually win, but any Arco that does win and doesn't give the prize to her is just... well, really kind of a dick, for starters. XD

ALL OF ENMA'S EXPRESSIONS ARE CUTE. |D *agrees with you about all of the Enma-related things you just said*

And you know Enma and Tsuna are going to form an alliance so quickly it might as well ALREADY BE FORMED. And once they narrow the remaining teams down to just the two of them Enma will probably be like, "welp, sorry Skull" and just FORFEIT because he is contractually obligated not to fight Tsuna anyway (lol and that's not even an exaggeration, THANK YOU SO MUCH, VINDICE), and they all like Reborn better than Skull in any case, let's face it.

[identity profile] 2011-10-09 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Everyone's been saying it would be Hibari since Hibari is Fon's... idek. BUT YES, AMANO, DON'T WASTE THIS CHANCE *O*

I keep on forgetting about Uni! Is she in this? Reborn could probably win and give it to her, since he would so do anything for her.


That idea is so probable that it might as well be canon. *_* I'm excited to see that part of this story XD

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 12:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, yes, Colonello and Lal! Please. They're just... so adorable. T_T♥

I think the man in checkers implied that the "strength" they're competing with is not just physical, though, so pretty much anyone could win even if they lost.

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Said it above but I'll say it again; while I do fully expect Reborn's team to defeat all of the others with grace and ease (well, maybe not that easily--got to keep this interesting after all), if Uni is not the one who ends up getting the prize in the end (no matter what else happens), then... well, honestly, I can't even picture it not happening so I'm not sure how to finish that statement. XD

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
...yyyyyyes, Uni would be the best choice for a victor

Considering she appears to be pretty much the same age/size she was in the 10 years later arc while Gamma is 10 years younger, it would be basically perfect for the two.

why yes all I care about is the possibility of star-crossed lovers getting a happy ending out of this

Actually, just now it occurred me that Tsuna may or may not take pity on one of the opposing teams (depending on whose backstory is most tragic) and guiltily allow them to win somehow... and it'll turn out that was Reborn's plan all along or something. XD

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 02:15 pm (UTC)(link)
But yeah. Reborn's going to win. And then he'll turn down the offer of turning big and awesome and Yamamoto-twin-like again because....argh, you can't just have the title character of the manga who's famous for being chibi-sized to suddenly turn big and hot, damnit!

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
ENMA IS ADORABLE YES. And it's worth noting that even though he's universally acknowledged as the weakest and lamest of the Arcobaleno, Skull does have a knack for selecting the representatives with the most godmodey skillz. The others are going to have a real time of it trying to fend off those gravity/black hole attacks. In fact, if it weren't for Tsuna's even more godmodey power of BEING A MAIN CHARACTER!1, I'd rank Enma at the very top of these guys in terms of battle ability.

And then he'll turn down the offer of turning big and awesome and Yamamoto-twin-like again because....argh, you can't just have the title character of the manga who's famous for being chibi-sized to suddenly turn big and hot, damnit!

And he has to give the prize to Uni, anyway! Can't have her dying on us again. XD

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 07:48 pm (UTC)(link) always know how to add a bit of true humor when things look so bleak. XD -feels refreshed-

Tis amusing that there is so much that Amano is messing us with. The Arcobaleno workings, the competition, and the man with that silver mask is all made to keep us in the story (even though I've lost most hope for the story to ever become serious in a good way ^^;).

[identity profile] 2011-10-08 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)

I'm always optimistic at the beginning of these arcs, and then inevitably something always comes along and spoils it... but damn it, Amano's teasing us with Arco history AND the promise most epically epic tournament since the Varia Arc (and it doesn't hurt that Varia was my favorite arc by a large margin). YEAH, I'M EXCITED, I CAN'T HELP IT.

[identity profile] 2011-10-09 01:08 pm (UTC)(link)
oh CEDEF i've missed you and your spice names so~

wait...*about to imagine that plot continuity exists in this realm along with mafia marshmallows* wasn't it mentioned that Lal would return to normal if she didn't use her wouldn't Colonello be better off winning for himself so he CAN FRIGGIN BE NORMAL AGAIN WITH HER?!(give or take 10 years) *coughandhavebadasskidscough* damn you colonello and your just off the mark chivalry...

ahhh battle royales like these are so hard to pull off in any story, i hope Amano is able to keep the pace and interest up! ah hell, even if she didn't i'd still read it XD

ps- omg ur computer died on you too?! *tear* i know how that feels! that was my birthday present from it back in August ;____;

[identity profile] 2011-10-09 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Actually Reborn is in a problematic situation. Tsuna has already lost Mukuro to Verde, and is almost definite to lose Hibari to Fon. And given the information given in this week's chapter, he may still lose Yamamoto (to Giglio Nero or Varia), Lambo (to Fon), Ryohei (to CEDEF), and Chrome (if she decides to stay with Mukuro instead). The Cavallone are sitting ducks without Dino, and Dino is a sitting duck without his people.